March 20, 2023

Earthquake had a depth of 7km and hit the Bor district on Saturday afternoon.

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake has shaken the central Anatolian Turkish province of Nigde, the Kandilli earthquake monitoring heart mentioned, simply over two weeks after two devastating earthquakes that killed greater than 50,000 individuals in Turkey and Syria.

Saturday’s earthquake had a depth of 7km (4.34 miles) and hit the Bor district at 1:27pm (10:27 GMT), the Turkish catastrophe administration company AFAD mentioned. No casualties have been reported thus far.

Vice President Fuat Oktay mentioned response groups are on the bottom to evaluate any harm.

“There isn’t any damaging scenario for the time being. Might God shield our nation and our nation from every kind of disasters,” he mentioned on Twitter.

Bor is situated some 350km (218 miles) west of the quake-ravaged Turkish-Syrian border area.

Within the earthquakes that hit earlier this month, greater than 44,000 individuals had been killed in Turkey, the place 11 provinces had been affected, whereas the most recent introduced loss of life toll in Syria was 5,914.

The earthquakes had been adopted by greater than 9,000 aftershocks, and in Turkey, broken greater than 173,000 buildings and left practically two million residents homeless, in keeping with authorities knowledge.

Almost 240,000 rescue employees, together with volunteers, proceed to work within the 11 quake-hit provinces in Turkey. A number of the areas affected by the quakes had been initially troublesome to entry however restoration efforts proceed and casualty numbers are rising as they progress.

There have been no experiences of survivors being rescued in latest days.

Fears of one other main earthquake have been rekindled in extremely populated Istanbul, however a distinguished Turkish seismologist has reassured the chance “hasn’t elevated”.

“The danger hasn’t elevated as a result of we’re speaking about utterly completely different techniques,” Dogan Kalafat, the director of the Kandilli Observatory’s Earthquake-Tsunami Monitoring Middle in Istanbul, informed AFP.

Some 20 million individuals in Turkey have been affected by the quake, whereas the United Nations estimates 8.8 million individuals have been affected in Syria. Much less data has come from Syria the place many individuals had been already residing in precarious situations after years of civil warfare.

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